Portret van de schrijver Multatuli (1864/1864) by C©sar MitkiewiczRijksmuseum
Portret van Multatuli (1874/1874) by August Allebé, L. Mertens, George Lodewijk FunkeRijksmuseum
Multatuli instantly became famous in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies through his novel, which was a fierce indictment of colonial rule.
In 1999, the famous Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer called Max Havelaar in the New York Times "The Book That Killed Colonialism." To this day, Max Havelaar is one of the most famous books in Dutch literature.
Portret van Multatuli (c. 1875 - c. 1940) by Algemeen Hollands FotopersbureauRijksmuseum
The book is also famous outside the Netherlands and has been translated into more than forty languages.
This was one of Multatuli's wishes as he wanted to see his work translated into all languages so it could be read all over the world: "Ay, I shall be read!"
We imagine Multatuli would be proud that his work is now available worldwide on Google Books.
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